Ch 6: The Holocaust Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

Use the classroom and homework ideas outlined in this chapter to enhance your teaching of the Holocaust. Incorporate engaging lesson plans, activities and extended projects to keep your students focused on and interested in this topic.

The Holocaust Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

If you're looking for non-conventional ways to teach your history students about events and key places related to the Holocaust, you'll find these lesson plans and resources helpful in reaching your goal. Get ideas for classroom group and individual activities and extended research projects that can help students gain a better understanding of important events during the Holocaust and related topics including concentration camps, Kristallnacht, genocide, the bystander effect, the Warsaw ghetto, and the Nuremberg Trials.

Lessons accompanying these lesson plans can expand class discussions and broaden your current classroom materials on this subject. Use lesson quizzes to measure what your students have retained.

How It Helps

  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Outlines activities and research projects that you can incorporate into Holocaust lesson plans to help students explore more facts about the Holocaust
  • Student engagement: Describes creative ways you can keep students engaged and encourage class participation
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Provides ideas for classroom discussions that can expand upon your current lesson plans
  • Additional resources: Uses lessons to supplement your existing classroom materials

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Holocaust lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific Holocaust topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Holocaust lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of the Holocaust.
  • Engage your students with relevant Holocaust-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

17 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Holocaust Lesson Plans & Resources
Warsaw Ghetto Lesson Plan

1. Warsaw Ghetto Lesson Plan

Teachers may use these lesson plans to teach students about the Warsaw Ghetto. Students will learn about the living conditions in the ghetto, summarize the uprising, and research some of the heroes that emerged.

The Nuremberg Trials Lesson Plan

2. The Nuremberg Trials Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Nuremberg Trials. Students will read a text lesson that explains the background, purpose, and rules of the trials as well as detailing the process, verdicts and legacy. Discussion questions and a research activity make concepts stick.

Holocaust Research Project Ideas

3. Holocaust Research Project Ideas

Teaching students about the holocaust provides them with valuable information to arm them against conforming to propaganda and stereotypes that divide us. These project ideas support a cross-curricular approach to teaching about the holocaust.

Holocaust Project Ideas

4. Holocaust Project Ideas

Prejudice and discrimination led to the dehumanization of many people during the holocaust. The projects in this article help students understand the history of the holocaust and recognize the roles that regular citizens played during this time.

Kristallnacht Lesson Plan

5. Kristallnacht Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the heart-wrenching discriminatory acts against Jewish people in this lesson plan. Students will read the lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

The Holocaust Lesson Plan for Elementary School

6. The Holocaust Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the Holocaust. Students will answer questions about a text and explain the roles that various people played in the Holocaust.

Concentration Camps Lesson Plan

7. Concentration Camps Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about concentration camps during the Holocaust. While examining an informational text, students will engage in a discussion and label a map of the concentration camps. As a performance task, students will complete a writing prompt.

Nazi Concentration Camps: History, Locations & Facts

8. Nazi Concentration Camps: History, Locations & Facts

The atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II are innumerable. Many of these atrocities occurred at the concentration camps they created to imprison, and usually kill, anyone considered an enemy of Germany.

Life is Beautiful Movie Discussion Questions

9. Life is Beautiful Movie Discussion Questions

'Life is Beautiful' is an Academy Award-winning film by Roberto Benigni about a man who teaches his son the importance of attitude while imprisoned in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. This asset offers discussion questions about this film.

The Holocaust & The Bystander Effect Lesson Plan

10. The Holocaust & The Bystander Effect Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the bystander effect that occurred during the Holocaust. Students will be able to describe the bystander effect and recognize how the Nazi regime encouraged German citizens to remain apathetic to Jewish neighbors.

Holocaust Lesson Plan

11. Holocaust Lesson Plan

Teaching about the Holocaust can be tough. Ease the process and touch a nerve with students with the help of a pointed video lesson and authentic materials that solidify understanding.

Holocaust Timeline Lesson Plan

12. Holocaust Timeline Lesson Plan

This lesson plan supports teachers as they create lessons about the holocaust for their students. Students will read two text lessons and work collaboratively with peers to create a timeline of events.

Worse Than War Lesson Plan

13. Worse Than War Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about Daniel Goldhagen's book 'Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity.' Students will read a book summary, participate in an activity, and take a short quiz.

Worse Than War Book Summary

14. Worse Than War Book Summary

This lesson provides a summary of Holocaust and Genocide studies scholar Daniel Goldhagen's 2009 book, ''Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity''. We will look at the arguments he offers in each section of the book, and then explore some of the examples he offers.

Holocaust Teaching Activities

15. Holocaust Teaching Activities

From a social justice standpoint, few historic events provide more discussion material and applicable lessons than the Holocaust. The activities in this resource will enhance your middle and high school students' understanding of this tragic event.

Holocaust Unit Plan

16. Holocaust Unit Plan

Planning a Holocaust unit is a daunting task. In this unit plan, high school students will follow the progression of the Holocaust, from beginning to end. Through discussion and projects, lessons will stick with them long after the unit concludes.

Teaching About Anne Frank

17. Teaching About Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a Jewish teenager who was forced into hiding as millions of Jewish people were murdered during the Holocaust. This lesson provides ideas for teaching students about Anne Frank.

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